ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Is a Good Night's Sleep at the Top of Your Wishlist?

Ashwagandha Helps Hormones - Aids Arthritis

Why You Should Be Eating More Porcini Mushrooms

A Breathalyzer for Disease?

How Bacopa Can Help Improve Your Cognitive Function

Black Tea Is Great for Your Gut

Magnesium Reduces Diabetes and Helps Keep You Young

Lavender Aromatherapy Can Ease Pre-Op Anxiety

Mint: Learn More About This Refreshing and Invigorating Herb

Give Your Health a Much-Needed Boost With Geranium

Print Page
Email Article

Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis Show Higher Risk for Heart Attack

  [ 80 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • February 24, 2003

Women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may have a higher risk of heart attack according to a new study published in the February 17, 2003 rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Several studies have made links between RA and increased rates of heart disease because inflammation – a key component of arthritis – is thought to contribute to fatty build up in the blood vessels, one of the known causes of a heart attack. Abnormal T-cells – important cells that modulate inflammation – and elevated inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) are found in both conditions.

The findings demonstrate RA should be a recognized marker for increased risk of a heart attack, says Daniel H. Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine in the divisions of pharmacoepidemiology and rheumatology, immunology, and allergy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"It would be prudent to consider aggressive cardiac preventive measures in patients with RA to address coronary heart disease risk factors," he said.

The relationship was studied by using the database from the Nurses' Health Study, a prospective community-based study of 121,700 women. The nurses were between ages 30–55 years when they completed the baseline health and lifestyle questionnaire in 1976. These women are sent questionnaires every two years to update their personal information. The current study gathered data through 1996 and excluded women who reported RA, cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline.

The researchers attempted to contact each of the 7,786 people who self-reported having RA between 1978 and 1996 to confirm the diagnosis based on standard criteria. From their responses, charts were reviewed for 2,170 participants.

"Our estimate of the risk of heart attack is based on a very conservative estimate of who actually has rheumatoid arthritis," Solomon says.

The researchers confirmed the diagnosis of RA in 527 women. There were 2,296 heart attacks and 1,326 strokes among them.

"Women with rheumatoid arthritis have a two-fold increased risk of heart attacks compared with women without rheumatoid arthritis," says Solomon. The risk of stroke is similar in both groups (about 1.48 times). The association remained even after adjusting for known and potential cardiovascular risk factors. In addition, those with RA for at least 10 years had three times the risk of heart attack compared to women without RA.

The average age of women with RA was slightly higher than the age of those without. The frequency of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol was comparable. Women with RA were more likely to have a parental history of heart attack before age 60. Their body mass index was slightly less and their physical activity levels were significantly lower. They smoked more, drank alcohol less and more of them took Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Other possible links include the reduced physical activity that often results from the discomfort of RA medications taken for RA and varying use of cardiovascular prevention for patients with RA.

Researchers encourage further examination of whether early treatment of RA with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs may reduce the risk of heart attack.

RA is the most common autoimmune disease. It affects about 2.1 million Americans, 1.5 million of whom are women. One of the most common forms of arthritis, it's characterized by inflammation of the lining of joints and other internal organs, resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of movement.

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Energy NADH™ 12.5mg

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia
Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
Soothe, Heal and Regulate Your Digestive System with Nutrient-Rich Aloe Vera Soothe, Heal and Regulate Your Digestive System with Nutrient-Rich Aloe Vera
Coconut Oil - Healthy Gifts from the 'Tree of Life' Coconut Oil - Healthy Gifts from the 'Tree of Life'
When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map